Houston County, Ga., parents can check up on their children's school attendance, grades, homework and test scores on the Internet, according to the Macon, Ga., Telegraph. Teacher's grade books are linked to the Web site by Smartweb Internet software, purchased two years ago in response to high school parents' desire for more communication on how their children were doing.

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Wayne E. Hanson served as a writer and editor with e.Republic from 1989 to 2013, having worked for several business units including Government Technology magazine, the Center for Digital Government, Governing, and Digital Communities. Hanson was a juror from 1999 to 2004 with the Stockholm Challenge and Global Junior Challenge competitions in information technology and education.